Publishing Scholarly Monographs (Humanities & Social Sciences)

Publishing Scholarly Monographs (Humanities & Social Sciences)16.11.2020 10:00 - 17:00 (Mon)onlineDixon, Josie

Participant Profile

Advanced Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


The present climate is notoriously difficult for scholarly publishing, and making a first approach to academic presses with the fruits of your doctoral research in a book proposal can be a daunting and uncertain business. This workshop is designed to demystify the task, shedding light on the decision-making process and helping researchers considering book publication to present their work to publishers in the best way. It encourages participants to view their research as others will see it, along the line that stretches from commissioning editors and peer-reviewers all the way down the supply chain to booksellers, librarians, review editors, and the prospective readership.

This involves thinking about the market, choosing and approaching a publisher, and working out how to represent your work to best advantage. In addition the workshop deals with how to negotiate the particular problems surrounding interdisciplinary work and essay collections awareness

The workshop is preceded by a lecture with questions and discussion on the current state of the academic publishing industry, designed to give an understanding of the market and conditions in which publishers operate. It includes discussion of issues raised by digital publishing, the profound changes now underway with the rise of open access, and how this climate affects the reception of publishing proposals.



  • From doctorate to publication - understanding the transition

  • Who are you writing for? Who needs it?

  • Broadening the appeal of specialised projects

  • Interdisciplinary work

  • Choosing the right publisher and making your approach

  • Choosing a title


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Josie Dixon